The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are designating reliever Oliver Ortega for assignment. That’s the corresponding 40-man roster move for the infielder, Brandon Drury, who officially signed a two-year free agent contract.
Oliver Ortega has appeared in the Majors in each of the past two seasons. The right-hander debuted with a September 2021 call-up, making his first eight MLB appearances by the end of the year. He got plenty of action in 2022, coming out of the bullpen 27 times and scoring 34 innings:
The 6-foot-1 Ortega posted a solid 3.71 ERA during that stretch, though his peripherals were less impressive. He struck out a slightly below-average 22.3% of opponents while walking batters at a lofty 12.2% rate.
It was a different story at Triple-A Salt Lake, where a ballpark ERA belied underlying betters. In 25 2/3 innings as a Bee, he was tagged with a 5.96 ERA. His 22.3% strikeout rate matched his MLB figure, but he nearly halved his walk rate to a solid 6.6% clip.
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